Joe and Asha are pursued down the platform at Paddington station by three men. Joe is caught and his backpack is ripped open, sending thousands of bank notes fluttering into the air. As Joe falls to the ground, we hear him start to tell us his story of how these events came to pass. Half term: Joe is upset to learn that his mum and her horrible boyfriend Dean are going on holiday to Spain for a week, leaving Joe behind on his own.
Joe fantasises about what he could do with the £20,000 he's found, but knows in his heart that the money means trouble and he quickly puts it back where he found it. Joe attempts to cut his hair like the pictures in Asha's magazine. The results are shocking - just as well he's not supposed to go out. However, when Joe's electric runs out he's forced to leave the house to top up the card and dons a hat to hide the bad hair.
Joe gets ready for school but he looks a sorry sight. His mum should have been home three days ago, he has run out of money and is almost out of food. His fear of Dean still stops Joe from touching a penny of the money he found.
Alone again, Joe loads the cash into his back pack along with a few clothes in preparation for running away early the next morning. Late that night, the threatening man (known as the Watcher) turns up demanding his money and tries to kick down Joe's door, but Joe is saved by his neighbour Kosmy. Early the next morning Joe leaves for Paddington Station and is unexpectedly joined by Asha.
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